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Election silly season

Election silly season

By any means I take my hat off to Nicholas Papadopoulos. The Diko chief has apparently come up with several strategies to indefinitely delay a Cyprob settlement. Industrious Nicholas, who must get goose-bumps at the mere thought of a bizonal, bicommunal Cyprus – recently announced a brilliant proposal. Any solution, he says, should start with

New coalition in north poses dangers to reunification process By @EsraAygin

By Esra Aygin National Unity Party UBP and Democrat Party DP – two right-wing parties that traditionally advocate an independent state in the northern part of Cyprus and reject a federal settlement – have agreed to form a new coalition. It comes at a time when genuine commitment is vital for the reunification process. In

Solution with Turkish army remaining ‘unorthodox’

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides says it would be ‘unorthodox’ to talk about security in Cyprus in the event of the Cyprus solution if the Turkish forces are still rooted on the island. Speaking to state radio on Tuesday morning following a busy last few days in which crunch meetings involving President Nicos Anastasiades took place

Turkish Cypriots view Greek Cypriots “as negatively as political parties”

By Evie Andreou A study by the Open University of Cyprus (OUC) and the Advanced Media Institute found Turkish Cypriots view Greek Cypriots negatively, it was announced on Friday. In a statement, the Open University said that the study, conducted by Iacovos Tsangaris under the scientific guidance of Athanassios N. Samaras, was based on more than

The challenges of 2016

The people of Cyprus will start 2016 hoping to see major landscapes on both the political and economic scene. Here are some of the basic challenges needing urgent implementation during the next 12 months. Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci have until the summer to forge a deal on the Cyprus problem. The presidential election campaign

Turkey needs a Cyprus deal By @EsraAygin

By Esra Aygin An increasingly unstable political climate in the region, radical power alignments and the worst refugee crisis since World War II have heightened Turkey’s importance, making it an indispensable geostrategic asset for the European Union. In return for collaboration in addressing the refugee crisis and cooperation in energy, fight against terrorism, and diplomatic